To improve your dialogue writing, listen intently to . .

  • people interact, especially in public places, inner cities, on public transportation, etc.
  • how different races converse amongst themselves. Blacks, whites, Hispanics, etc. Consider style, rhythm, energy, and content.
  • improvisational jazz music performed live.
  • musicians converse with one another.
  • just the audio of great movies, various genres.
  • Classic radio dramas and comedies.

What can you learn?

And try . . .

  • reading your most recent screenplay out loud to yourself, being as dramatic as you can be, and as sensitive to differences in character voices as possible.
  • arranging a staged reading of your screenplay, informally or formally, with friends or actors, using a director or guiding the process yourself, reciting to an audience or not. Many local theaters have stage reading programs for new material, as do screenwriting groups.
  • taking an acting class.
  • joining an improvisational comedy group.
  • attending live theater.
  • reading classic plays aloud to yourself; or with a group, assigning each other roles.
  • reading the comics, and watching cartoons, paying close attention to what the characters say and how.
  • reviewing a compendium of famous quotes at your local library.
  • studying books and other resources on improving conversational skills.

See also . .

| Help for Your Screenplay | Enhance Your Screenplay | Story Dynamics | Market Your Screenplay | Scr(i)nk blog | Magic Star: Dialogue | Dialogue | Conflict |